Tesla fast-tracks new Giga plant, Texas seems a winner

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Tesla allegedly wants to build his planned next US plant in the Texan capital of Austin or the surrounding area of Austin. At least that is what Electrek reports, citing an insider privy to the plan. And the schedule for the new plant is hugely ambitious. Before the end of the year, the Texas Tesla […]

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Tesla begins producing long-range China Model 3

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Tesla has started production of the long-range version of the Model 3 in Shanghai, China. Deliveries are scheduled to begin shortly. However, the price is slightly higher than previously announced. As Tesla stated on its Weibo account, the Gigafactory 3 will build the long-range model with rear-wheel drive in addition to the ‘Standard Range+’ version […]

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Ford Explorer PHEV arrives at customers in Europe

Ford has started deliveries of the Explorer plug-in hybrid SUV in Europe. The seven-seater went on sale last year but is only now arriving at dealerships with slight modifications Ford made to the drive. The US carmaker now specifies a system output of 336 kW (457 hp) and an electric WLTP range of 42 kilometres […]

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Lordstown Endurance e-pickup to use in-wheel motors

For its planned e-pickup truck Endurance, the US startup Lordstown Motors relies on wheel hub motors from the drive specialist Elaphe Propulsion Technologies. Lordstown wants to produce the dedicated technology themselves. Under an exclusive license agreement that has just been signed, Elaphe will develop a unique in-wheel motor called L-1500 Endurance for Lordstown Motors, which […]

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EU: Plug-in cars at 6.8% market share in crisis-shaken Q1

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Sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles still increased across the EU in the first quarter of 2020. And while the Covid-19 crisis may explain the rather sudden tripling of market share, some countries and the segment as a whole experience robust growth. First to the Eurozone as a whole, where a total of […]

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Fiat releases first 500e small electric car edition in UK

Buyers in the UK may now put an order in for the first 500 of Fiat’s extra compact electric car 500e. Prices for the limited ‘La Prima’ edition come in below the 30k threshold after government subsidies. Fiat has now released UK pricing where the electric 500e will start from £29,500 after the £3,000 plug-in […]

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Tesla pushes Roadster to 2022 as Musk sets priorities

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The new Tesla Roadster won’t hit the markets before 2022. That’s two years later than Elon Musk initially envisioned in 2017. The delay, however, is not due to the virus, officially but Tesla has too many other things on their plate. All sounded perfect back in 2017 when Tesla not only presented the Semi truck […]

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Poland put premium purchase on hold but EV sales are rising

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Initially, Poland had planned start spending a lavish purchase premium of 8,600 euros for low-cost electric cars from December. Then the country postponed the subsidy indefinitely for a short time. Nevertheless, e-car registrations are rising – a placebo effect? * * * Poland was to open applications for the relatively generous purchase premium for buying […]

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UK: BEV marketshare at all-time high due to all-time low of car sales

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The coronavirus crisis makes for interesting data. With the British car market at an all-time low – no more than 4,321 new cars were listed this April – electric cars, Tesla especially, came out on top with sales staying relatively stable YoY. Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) result in a […]

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Nissan could withdraw from Europe

Nissan reportedly wants to withdraw from Europe and instead focus more on its main markets: the USA, China and Japan. The news comes exclusively through Reuters and also includes repercussions on the alliance’s e-mobility offering. So far, Reuters refers to “people with direct knowledge of the plan” for a restructure that is to be presented […]

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